ZURICH, July 22 Syngenta AG, the
world's largest maker of crop chemicals, said it expects
underlying sales growth to pick up pace in the second-half after
a cold wet spring hit sales in the first six months of the year.
The Swiss company, which makes products to kill weeds and
bugs as well as genetically-modified seeds said sales rose 2
percent in the first half to $8.39 billion, falling short of the
Reuters analyst consensus of $8.644 billion.
Net profit fell 5 percent to $1.409 billion compared to the
average analyst forecast of $1.464 billion.
Syngenta expects full-year sales to surpass last year's
record and is targeting 2020 sales of $25 billion for its top
(Reporting by Caroline Copley)